Some of the normal routines for garden maintenance in June will be somewhat irrelevant given the record rainfall most of us have experienced so far this month but there is still plenty to keep us occupied. Watching water usage might have been appropriate in 2018 but not so far this year. Having said that, Mother Nature has a way of redressing such imbalances so make sure that you save as much rainwater as you can. Keeping watering down to the minimum is always good advice and, depending where you are in the country and whether or not you have hard or soft water, bear in mind that rainwater will be freer from mineral content and chemicals such as chlorine found in tap water.
If you keep sarracenia, for example (the wonderful pitcher plants) as we do, they should always only get rainwater or, failing that, distilled water.
On to more mundane tasks, the wet weather will encourage weed growth so remember to hoe regularly. If you haven`t already done so, get those containers and hanging baskets outside and plant out summer bedding. Spring flowering shrubs, depending on type, can be pruned back in early summer. If in doubt about how to prune and when to prune, take a look at the RHS website (https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=197)
For tall flowering plants in the garden, do remember to stake blooms as they grow – such as Delphiniums and tree Lilies. This is particularly important with the weight of water falling as rain and the accompanying squally winds this year !
For the veggie plot, pinch out tomato side shoots and harvest those lovely early summer salad crops such as radish and cut and come again lettuce. If you can`t get out in the garden as much as you would like at the moment, why not take some time, as you gaze out at your little piece of paradise, to think about whether or not you could do with a garden redesign or fresh planting scheme. We have plenty of ideas here at St Albans Garden Design and we are ready and willing to help you.